Auctions America's Car Specialist Team
cars and motorcycles. This makes them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. As active enthusiasts, their shared passion and
extensive industry knowledge helps make Auctions America events the premier venue for both buyers and sellers.
A lifelong automotive enthusiast, Donnie Gould has more than 35 years of experience in the vintage automobile auction and restoration business. His vast knowledge of classic cars comes from his father Tiny Gould. Donnie learned about the hobby firsthand from one of the first full-time antique automobile dealers in the United States. Donnie joined the RM Auctions team in 2002 as a Southeast region car specialist and partner. Over the past decade, he has played an integral role in developing the company's Florida auction presence, generating impressive results at both the Fort Lauderdale and Amelia Island events. Donnie was appointed president of Auctions America in 2010 to oversee the company's ever-expanding auction calendar. In addition to leading the Auctions America team, he continues to play a significant role as a senior car specialist with its parent company, RM Auctions. Donnie has a strong familiarity with a wide range of classic automobile marques, with a specialization in Shelby Mustangs and high-performance Fords.
Brian Topp joined Auctions America in the spring of 2016, bringing with him more than 30 years' experience in the collector car hobby. Brian's interest for all things automotive was influenced at an early age by his uncles, who were both involved in auto racing. At age 16, when his 1968 Mercury Montego needed a new timing belt, Brian found his passion, and soon after began working in his father's body shop. In 1991, Brian joined the U.S. Marines and, after a successful tour in the Marine Corps, returned to the car business as a restorer, a role which eventually led to him selling Corvettes and other classic cars. By 1999, Brian was a full-time salesman for ProTeam Corvette Sales, where he was exposed to the world of high-profile collector car auctions. He participated in auctions as both a buyer and seller, gaining strong familiarity and experience to the processes of the auction business. Since then, Brian has worked in the sales departments of several auction houses. His specialty lays in '50s, '60s, and '70s Corvettes and high horsepower muscle cars. Additionally, he is a member of the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS).
A lifelong car enthusiast, Megan Boyd joined the Auctions America team in 2012 as a car specialist following a decade long career in the classic car business. Having a "car guy" as a father and no brothers, Megan quickly filled the shoes of any son he could ever want, spending countless hours with him in the garage. Always feeling the need for speed, she began drag racing at age 14 around the Midwest. Upon completion of high school, Megan earned a dual degree in Public Relations and Journalism before returning to school to pursue a degree in automotive engineering. She has used these degrees to market, promote and write about her true passion: classic cars. Megan has a special affinity for hot rods and customs and enjoys touring in her custom 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air 'Black Beauty'. When she's not on the road attending car shows, Megan can be found at home tinkering in the garage on her Bel Air or one of her other favorite cars, early V8 Fords.
Ken Wallace first joined the RM Group of Companies in 1999 as a Car Specialist based out of RM Auction's Ypsilanti office. Following the purchase of the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana he played an instrumental role in the establishment of Auctions America which launched in July 2010. Born and raised in the enthusiastic classic car climate of California, Wallace has made a significant contribution to the vintage automobile sector over the years. Prior to joining the RM group, Wallace spent close to twenty years in the restoration business working for an esteemed private collector who focused primarily on Pierce Arrows, Packards, Corvettes, Shelbys and Ferraris. It was through that position that he developed an impressive and comprehensive knowledge of a broad variety of classic marques and models. Ken currently represents Auctions America on the East Coast of the United States.
A longtime car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied automotive technology at San Diego Miramar College, completing his education at the University of Southern California in Communication. After graduation, he juggled work for BMW in auto sales, with freelancing as an automotive journalist, before joining the RM Group of Companies in 2012. Matt credits his love and knowledge for cars to his father - a Porsche mechanic and collector - who has truly given him the Porsche-bug. As a PCA, Early 911S Registry and 356 Club Member, Matt continues to further his knowledge and share his affinity of the Porsche marque. An active participant, fully immersed in the hobby, he regularly takes part in many automotive events, including North Meets South, the Los Angeles Lit Meet, and Rennsport, and also has his SCCA track license. Matt's involvement in classic cars is not limited to Porsche; he is also experienced in other German marques including Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW, and also boasts a strong passion for Italian sports and rally cars along with Japanese cars. Well-versed in the principles of collecting, Matt is dedicated to expanding the hobby to the next generation of enthusiasts.
Matt Traylor joined the Auctions America team in 2012 following a wide range of experience in the hobby. A passionate classic and collector car enthusiast, he began his career in the auction business in 1998 and has worked in the industry as a car specialist, auctioneer and ring man ever since. Most recently, Matt was a key sales team member with the Evans Toyota car dealership in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a specialist, Matt's expertise lies in Ford Thunderbirds and Chevrolet Camaros.
Alexander Weaver joined Auctions America as a Car Specialist in 2011 after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born into a car family with a fourth generation car dealership, Alexander grew up surrounded by collectible cars and was always encouraged by his father and grandfather to learn as much as possible about them. Noting that his father was always generous enough to share his car collection, Alexander says that driving and washing old cars are two of the most intimate ways to know a car. Thoroughly immersed in all aspects of the collector car hobby, Alexander easily fills his time with research and rallies, having recently participated in the Sarasota Exotic Car Rally and 34th Annual Bastille Day Tour with the Petersen Museum. With a broad knowledge of a variety of marques and eras, Alexander's passion and specialization lies in American and European sports cars including Shelby and Ferrari along with American muscle.
Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic car restoration shop in Long Island, New York. He graduated from Pace University in 2013 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Photography, and spent the last two years managing a classic car facility in New York, before joining Auctions America in February, 2015. As a car specialist, Jake's role focuses on competition vehicles and post-war European sports and touring cars. He is a member of Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA) and the Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC), and has competed in a number of long distance road rallies, including the Great Race and the Trans-America Challenge.
Thatcher Keast began working in the automotive industry at just 14 years old when he started his own automotive detailing business in Salina, Kansas and found a mentor in local car collector Roger Morrison. In this role, Thatcher was responsible for maintaining a diverse collection of automobiles including Shelbys, Porsches and Brass Era Rolls-Royces. What started as a summer business venture nurtured a strong appreciation for a broad spectrum of collector cars, as well as what it means to maintain a significant piece of automotive history, and further developed his passion for the industry. Thatcher joined Auctions America as a Car Specialist in 2015 shortly after graduating from Kansas State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. He is currently working between Auctions America's Florida, California, and Auburn offices, and has a special interest in Shelby Cobras and Mustangs, German performance cars, and late model supercars.
Barney Ruprecht graduated from Boston University in 2013 with a degree in Hospitality Administration. In January of 2015, he joined Auctions America as a car specialist. Barney brings with him a strong background in hospitality consulting and accounting/audit marketing, with a focus on winning business. He specializes in open-wheel, single-seat race cars and late model collectibles. Barney is especially interested in complexly engineered vehicles and spends much of his time studying aerodynamics, geometry, and packaging, as well as advanced materials used in the fabrication of automobiles.
Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He attended McPherson College in Kansas, majoring in Restoration Technology and Business Management. Pete graduated in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, becoming the first Canadian alumnus of the college. While in school, he worked for Salina, Kansas, car collector Roger Morrison and was very active in the traditional hot rod industry. Pete began working with Auctions America in 2013, helping with line up at Auburn Fall. Since then, he has developed close relationships with many clients and staff, and began consigning as a Car Specialist in early 2015. Pete has a strong passion for Early V-8 Fords, and in his spare time, he enjoys working on his personal restoration projects in his home-based shop. In addition to a 1931 Model A Coupe and 1939 Ford Tudor Sedan, Pete is currently building a pre-war dry lakes 1932 Ford Roadster.
Director of Automobilia
Kurt Forry joins Auctions America with more than a decade of experience on the North American auction scene and a well-rounded knowledge of automobilia, having previously worked in Bonhams' automobilia department for more than 10 years. While he maintains a strong interest in cars, Kurt has a deep passion for the history of collectibles; a trait he claims comes from both his Father, who has always had a strong interest in history, and also from his upbringing on the East Coast, where antiques and antiquing are very popular. Kurt's family enjoyed antiquing and he remembers growing up in a house surrounded by collectibles, so it seemed only natural to pursue a career in the field later in life. Kurt has been responsible for bringing many rare finds to market and assisting set numerous auction benchmarks over the years. While he has a firm grasp on all things 'automotive collectible', his particular expertise lies with Lalique glass mascots, along with bronzes and other bespoke mascots, as well as automotive fine art and photography. Among career highlights, Kurt played a key role in helping secure the record 2012 sale of the rare Lalique 'Le Renard' (The Fox) for an outstanding $338,000. Kurt attributes much of his success to his hands-on approach; while based on the West Coast, he is frequently on the road looking for new, fascinating and undiscovered treasures to present on the auction podium.
With more than 20 years' experience in the industry, Mike Shackelton began auctioneering when he was just 17 years old. A third generation auctioneer, Mike has been with Auctions America since its inception and is a key member of the team. Mike graduated from Reppert Auction School in Indiana in 1995, and in 2003, was named the Canadian Auctioneer Champion. He is member of both the National Auctioneers Association and the Auctioneers Association of Ontario, and has been involved in thousands of auctions across the United States over the course of his career. His love for collector cars was influenced by his father, who Mike describes as a "typical American car guy", and led to Mike having a strong interest in 60s and 70s American muscle.